After Two Decades, Burger King Has Enough Of Little Old Ladies Using Parking Lot For Free

While the dispute between an NYC McDonald’s and some loitering elderly customers comes to an end, there is another feud brewing a few hours to the northeast.

For two decades, a group of senior citizens have been meeting several times a year in the parking lot of a local Burger King before hopping on a rented van that takes them into Boston for the day. The ladies say they’ve never had a problem with the BK management, that is until last Friday when all eight of their vehicles were towed away.

The 14 women tell the New Hampshire Union Leader that they were returning from their most recent Boston trip last Friday just as a tow truck was taking away the last of their cars from the BK.

They admit that the fast food joint recently put up signs warning that non-customers would be towed, but said they had not previously been warned about their parking.

“Burger King should have put post-its under the windshield wipers (saying) don’t do it again,” said one of the women. “They couldn’t have been oblivious to the fact we’ve been doing this all these years… I think it was a dirty trick.”

Dirty trick or not, it cost the senior citizens a nice chunk of change. The towing company called by BK managers usually charges $165 for car owners to get their vehicles out of the pound, but the operator of the tow business decided to drop that to $100 after talking to the women.

“I felt horrible when they all showed up,” says the owner of the tow company. “They were sweet little old ladies.”

Sweet little old ladies who still needed to ante up $800 for the tows.

The Union Leader tried to get comments from various levels of BK management, but received no response. Workers at the restaurant in question claimed to not know the identity of the franchisee that owns the particular location.

The only person willing to talk to the paper was the tow-truck operator who said the BK recently began cracking down on non-customer parking in order to run out pesky teenagers who speed through the lot and act the way you’d expect obnoxious teenagers to act. We’re not quite sure how towing parked cars stops teens from speeding through the lot…

One of the women tells the Union Leader that some of the women in the group, who average 80 years of age, do purchase food at the BK before heading out on their excursions.

She also says that she feels like the cars in the lot are good for the BK’s business.

“We look like we’re customers,” she explains. “We thought we were doing Burger King a favor; their parking lot is never full.”

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  1. SingleMaltGeek says:

    What the hell is wrong with people, that they feel that if they get away with something illegal long enough that it then somehow becomes “unfair” to enforce the rules? These people parked illegally for free many times, then were penalized for it once. It’s private property. Sure, it might have been considerate of the owner to go to the time and trouble to leave notes on the cars that were left there too long, but it also would have been considerate of these ladies not to use a business’ parking lot as a park-and-ride commuter lot.

  2. OrionBFury says:

    “They admit that the fast food joint recently put up signs warning that non-customers would be towed, but said they had not previously been warned about their parking.”

    So I read it as, “we knew it was now against policy to park there and leave for the day, but since someone didn’t tell us personally we couldn’t do it anymore, we decided to keep doing it.”

    It’s unfortunate that their cars we towed, and that they had to pay to get them back, but in the end, “I’m old” shouldn’t be an excuse to do whatever you want. Does the reason behind the new parking ban make much sense? No. But it’s the business owners right to restrict parking in their lot to paying, and by proxy, staying, customers. It even sounds like this wasn’t enforced right away, like the first time they go there and the signs are up, then towed right after they leave.

    Oh well. Curious if there’ll be a follow up to this, like some kind of blow back, or protest of this BK. Like a bunch, and I mean A BUNCH, of people go there in their cars, buy a small pack of fries, and sit out in their cars, eating 1 fry an hour. For they would be paying, and staying, customers.

    • CommonC3nts says:

      The I’M old excuse never works.
      Older people have been on this planet much longer and are wiser for it.
      When you get old you dont magically get dumb.

      • DyinMyelin says:

        They actually do. Healthy brains atrophy at a rate of .5% a year. I think Consumerist did an article on the increased gullibility of the elderly. Generally we cut them a break and try to be protective of them as a society.

  3. FusioptimaSX says:

    I think they were expecting a courtesy face-to-face notice. The world doesn’t work like that anymore. It would have been one thing if they didn’t notice the signs, but they did. They were lucky enough to have been able to park there for that long.